A Strong but Gentle Lady
These past four years
Perhaps she was remembering the years that brought her to this place.
Her Papa moved the family to
Her older brother was quite the fiddle player and she looked forward to Saturday nights when his little dance band would be invited to a local grange hall or school.
After several years of barely surviving, the family moved to the west side of the
A lovely young single woman was exactly what was required for a one-room schoolhouse in the small farming community of
However, she and her handsome beau snuck away the day after school was out and drove hours away to
About this time, Clarence accepted an offer to join the growing work crew hired to build the Grand Coulee Dam on the
Camp started out with a fire and a pot of beans that stewed the entire outing. Beans and biscuits for breakfast. Beans, fresh bread and potatoes for lunch. Beans, fresh trout, and a vegetable packed neatly in one of her boxes for dinner. She would take the kids into the hillside and pick wild strawberries that she served miraculously with whip cream after the other tins were cleaned up. They didn't know how she did it.
She returned to teaching when the kids grew older. After losing her dear Clarence in 1965 she felt there was nothing left for her in
Her loved ones all own a hand-made
The great grandchildren only know her as a small and fragile woman with soft hands that stroked their heads with a glance of longing.
As we sat in the funeral home several weeks ago to say goodbye to the hubby's step grandmother I watched a little curly haired sprite sneak out of the mourner's room to stand beneath a lovely spray of roses. The little girl stretched up on her tippy toes, first to touch the red bud, then to pull it closer to her nose to take a sniff.
I imagined Ada would be smiling.